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The Oscars Were Crazy

It wasn't a terribly exciting or unusual Academy Awards telecast — until all of a sudden, it made all kinds of history.

The Oscars Were Crazy

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Our Oscars Preview

NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins us for our annual Oscars Omnibus: We talk the nominees for Best Picture, some of the hottest races, and make some predictions we may regret later. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

Our Oscars Preview

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Justin Timberlake

Morning Edition Host David Greene talks with singer and actor Justin Timberlake about how it feels to be an Oscar nominee, his boy band past, and progress on his upcoming album. (A shorter version of this interview aired on Morning Edition on February 10, 2017.)

Justin Timberlake

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Legion and Planet Earth II

Television critic Alan Sepinwall joins us for a discussion of the new FX series Legion, which is based on an obscure X-Men character and adapted by Fargo's Noah Hawley. Then, they'll chat about Planet Earth II, the BBC nature documentary series that is now airing in the United States.

Legion and Planet Earth II

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Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy

Glen Weldon talks to author Philip Pullman about his return to the world of Lyra Belacqua, who we first met in The Golden Compass. The first volume of the new trilogy will be published in October.

Philip Pullman To Follow-Up 'His Dark Materials' Trilogy

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Small Batch: The Grammys

NPR Music's Jacob Ganz and Stephen Thompson join Linda Holmes for a discussion of Beyoncé, Adele, Chance the Rapper, Bruno Mars, and much more.

Small Batch: The Grammys

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The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior

NPR Politics Podcast alum Sam Sanders joins the panel for The LEGO Batman Movie. Then, Code Switch's Kat Chow sits in for a chat about MasterChef Junior and other kids reality competition shows. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

The LEGO Batman Movie and MasterChef Junior

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Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga

Code Switch's Gene Demby joins Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes for a look at Super Bowl LI. The New England Patriots won with a huge fourth-quarter push, and also featured a high-flying halftime show from Lady Gaga, who mixed traditional Americana with doing her own thing.

Small Batch: Super Bowl Thoughts, From 'Overdog' Tom Brady To Sparkly Lady Gaga

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Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love

NPR film critic Bob Mondello joins the panel for a roundup of all the films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: I Am Not Your Negro, OJ: Made in America, Fire at Sea, 13th, and Life, Animated. Then they'll discuss The Salesman, Iran's entry into the best Foreign Language Film category. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

Oscar Documentary Roundup and a Foreign Language Film We Love

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Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps

Sarah D. Bunting of Previously.TV and the Extra Hot Great podcast joins the panel for a review of Riverdale, the CW's dark and sexy reimagining of Archie Comics (yes, really). Then it's onto other teen soaps from Dawson's Creek, Beverley Hills 90210, and The OC. Plus, what's making us happy this week.

Riverdale and Other Teen Soaps

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